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BACKGROUND: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV‑2) reached Austria in February 2020. This study aims to describe the first 8 weeks of the Austrian epidemic and reflect on the potential mental health consequences as known at that time. METHODS: Data on Austrian Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) epidemiological indicators and number of tests were obtained from official registers. Relative risks (RRs) of infection and death from COVID-19 were calculated for sex and age groups (

Original publication





Wien Klin Wochenschr

Publication Date





364 - 376


Austria, COVID-19, Mental health, Public health measures, Relative risk, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Austria, COVID-19, Communicable Disease Control, Female, Humans, Male, Pandemics, SARS-CoV-2